Archives of linuxvm.org
09/03/2002 - Neale Ferguson posted a note about
a new Redbook on "SAP on DB2 UDB for OS/390 and z/OS: Implementing
Application Servers on Linux for zSeries."
09/04/2002 - Tung-Sing Chong of IBM reported that the
"The redpaper for cloning zLinux images by using VQDIO is available... This
redpaper is based from the LinuxWorld zLinux cloning example (using IUCV)
that I released in 5/5/2002."
09/06/2002 - In response to a question about compilers,
and limitations thereof, for Linux/390, Jim Elliott reported that a company named
Stryon markets a VisualBasic to Java converter. Their web site doesn't mention that
specifically but they do have a number of products that convert applications to Java.
09/09/2002 - David Boyes contributed links to two articles
on the Internation Herald Tribune web site about governments encouraging the use of Open
Source software to promote local developers, and about IT managers in Europe taking a hard
look at Open Source products versus MS products for security reasons.
09/10/2002 - Franco Fiorese contributed a link to an SGI
press release about one of their new 64-processor Linux systems breaking a record in the
STREAM Triad benchmark, which tests memory bandwidth performance. They were claiming linear
scalability up to the 64 processors, using Intel Itanium 2 processors. No mention was made
of what version of Linux was being used in the machine.
09/10/2002 - During a discussion about security weaknesses
in Microsoft products, and other operating systems, Alan Altmark of IBM commented
"Anyone interested in how z/VM uses the zSeries hardware facilities to maintain
the security and integrity of the system and its guests may wish to read the z/VM
Security and Integrity technical paper..."
09/11/2002 - Paul Matthews noted that SlickEdit had
put out a press release declaring the availability of their Visual SlickEdit product
for Linux/390. The company describes the product as a "multi-platform, multi-language
editing environment." According to the web site, "14 platforms and over 30
programming languages" are supported.
09/11/2002 - In response to a question about FTP
mirrors for Debian that contained .iso images for Linux/390, Stefan Gybas replied
with a place to find the list, but cautioned that some of them only have the older
2.2 release. He listed four European sites that he knew for sure contained the
3.0 release and had .iso files for Linux/390.
09/12/2002 - In response to a question about the
availability of commercial firewall products for Linux/390, Malcolm Beattie
mentioned StoneGate from Stonesoft, and zGuard from FBit. The Stonesoft web
site only talks about Intel, SPARC, and appliance hardware support, not S/390,
though. The zGuard product is directed at S/390 and zSeries systems.
09/12/2002 - Mark Post reported that he had
added the Debian/390 distribution contents to the "Distribution Contents"
page, and had updated the Red Hat list to reflect the GA code instead of the RC2
version that had been there previously. (Better late than never.) He also
commented that the Debian list had not been incorporated into the
consolidated list because of its size (4MB).
09/14/2002 - Karl Schlitt sent a note to the Red Hat
Linux/390 mailing list outlining how he had installed the Tivoli Storage Manager
RPM on a Red Hat Linux/390 system. Mark Post sent a note to the Linux/390 mailing
list indicating that it had been added to the HOWTO page. Mark also commented
that the method was a little on the brute force side. Using the --nodeps option
would probably have been just as effective.
09/16/2002 - Neale Ferguson discovered the latest
IBM Redbook on Linux/390, "Linux on zSeries and S/390: Large Scale Linux
Deployment, SG24-6824-00," had been released. The first paragraph of the
09/16/2002 - Dave Jones reported a joint IBM and
Red Hat press release announcing a global alliance between the two companies to
deliver enterprise Linux solutions. Red Hat will be responsible for delivering
their Advanced Server platform for all of IBM's platforms, and IBM Global
Services will provide support for it. The announcement sounded very much like
a similar agreement between IBM and SuSE Linux for their SLES product.
09/16/2002 - Tom Geyer relayed a tip from the
Boeblingen lab on how to tell if the "timer patch" is installed and
working on your system. The method is only useful when running on VM, since
it depends on using the CP trace facility. Start a CP trace on an idle system
with this command:
09/16/2002 - Gerhard Hiller of IBM reported the following updates to the DeveloperWorks web site:
09/16/2002 - There was some discussion about
products on Linux/390 that would provide some functionality resembling VSAM.
While there are none that will work with actual VSAM datasets, several other
options are available for non-sequential access to data. Most them them are
"ISAM-like" in nature, and includes the Berkeley DB product from
Sleepycat, and c-tree from FairCom. Scott Courtney provided the URL to the
FairCom web site. Jim Elliott of IBM also replied that Informix C-ISAM is
available for Linux/390 as well. Even though the main web page doesn't
mention it, the PDF document does.
09/17/2002 - Neale Ferguson noted that the
IBM Java 1.4 JDK/JRE was now available.
09/18/2002 - Questions about the ability to create a VM
Named Shared Segment (NSS) came up again, and this time, Alan Altmark of IBM replied that
Steve Shultz, also of IBM and the developer of the shared kernel support, had prepared
some information for SHARE, and that a HOWTO-type document was being readied. Steve later
put the information on IBM's "z/VM and Linux for zSeries Resources" page, and I
have linked to it from the HOWTO page on this site.
09/19/2002 - Lionel Dyck reported an article on
an O'Reilly web site about an European Union research project into the benefits
of "Free/Libre and Open Source Software" (FLOSS). One of the findings
of the study was that cost savings was low on the list of reasons for using
Open Source software. The highest ranking reasons were all related to quality.
09/20/2002 - Jim Elliott of IBM reported that the beta
version of DB2 UDB V8.1 for Linux/390 is now available for downloading.
09/20/2002 - Daniel Jarboe recommended that people having
printing problems upgrade to Samba 2.2.5, and install the samba-2.2.5-printing.patch. He
also noted that Samba 2.2.6 should be released soon.
09/22/2002 - Jim Rich of BEA announced that WebLogic
Server 7.0 with Service Pack 1 is now available for download.
09/23/2002 - Mark Post passed on the URL to two
IBM documents titled "Porting UNIX Applications to Linux - Hints and Tips,"
and "Technical guide for porting applications from Solaris to Linux, version 1.0."
He also commented that the technical guide actually had some technical details in it.
09/24/2002 - In response to a request for examples of
Linux use in the health care industry, Phil Payne recommended the Linux Med News web
site as a place to start. firstname.lastname@example.org recalled seeing something in this month's
"Linux Line", and Mark Post tracked down the specific URL. Jon Doyle of
Sendmail mentioned that his company had "done"
HealthNET on Intel Linux, but didn't provide a URL.
09/24/2002 - Lionel Dyck provided the URL to a tool on IBM's
"alphaWorks" web site, called PortingManager. According to the site, "PortingManager
is a tool that provides assistance when porting C and C++ Solaris applications to Linux
platforms, including zSeries Linux." Lionel warned that he hadn't tested the tool, since
he doesn't program in C or C++.
09/25/2002 - The "Linux in health care"
thread strayed off onto a tangent about replacing Microsoft email servers with something
else. Bynari's Insight server was mentioned, but David Boyes mentioned a company
named Steltor that had been acquired by Oracle, and their product technology being
being folded into Oracle's Collaboration Suite. David commented that "Oracle
appears to have made a good acquisition with this one."
09/25/2002 - Dave Jones reported a press release on
the Regal Entertainment Group adopting Linux-based Point of Sale terminals for the
concession stands in their movie theaters. The press release also mentioned that Regal was
testing a new Linux-based in-theater kiosk system for ticket sales.
09/25/2002 - Due to a difference in where Linux distributions
were putting their 64-bit shared libraries, some people were having problems compiling gcc
(and possibly other packages). For gcc, Ulrich Weigand offered a workaround for people whose
Linux distribution put the 64-bit libraries in /usr/lib64:
09/26/2002 - In response to a request on where to find
information on creating a "log host," Jere Julian recommended the Linux
Security web site.
09/30/2002 - Neale Ferguson reported a news article
stating that SuSE Linux had been named a SAP technology partner, and the first Linux
company to be so named.